UnShut is a festival of experimental and radical work in Sheffield on the 16th to 18th of May. We’re looking for performance artists from all disciplines to participate in this exciting festival of creativity and innovation at exciting new fringe venue, The Local Theatre, in Sheffield, UK.

Musicians, performance artists, dancers, poets and creatives from all backgrounds are invited to showcase their work in an open and supportive environment. UnShut encourages work that seeks to challenge preconceived ideas of what performance art ‘should’ be and welcomes both emerging and more established creatives, looking to expand the boundaries of performance.

UnShut is committed to creating a space that allows creativity to flourish, with the intention to unlock creative potential for those concepts and ideas considered more ‘experimental’ or ‘radical’.

What we’re looking for:
Shows from any performance discipline can apply.
We are open to all genres of live artistic practice including theatre, dance, comedy and spoken word. The festival looks to encourage work that is thinking outside of the box or challenging conventional ideas of performance.
Shows that are 30 minutes to an hour long, though we will also consider durational work.
One-to-one work will also be considered.

The festival is open to artists from all backgrounds. In addition, we have a slot reserved for one artist/company from each of the following groups:
BAMER artists
Self-identified women artists
Artists from Sheffield
LGBT+ artists
Artists from a working class background
Artists with a disability/disabilities, including invisible disabilities

About the venue:
The Local Theatre is a small fringe venue. Please be aware of the size of the performance space:
– Standard end-on arrangement size: 2 metres deep by 4 metres wide (Capacity: 70)
– Alternate end-on arrangement size: 3.5 metres by 3.5 metres (Capacity: 60)

The Local Theatre also has a cafe/bar, and rehearsal room, which may be available for performances.
There will be basic sound and lighting equipment, and a projector, available for your use.

We will be offering each performer / company
£120 per person who is in the show
A contribution towards travel expenses for people coming from outside Sheffield
Free entry to festival, including all performances and workshops
Accommodation for anyone coming from outside Sheffield, with a friendly local Sheffielder
One meal per day, provided as part of the festival
Photography of your show
A tech operator for your show
The option to have a talkback with audiences, to get feedback on your show

UnShut Festival 2019 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Apply here

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

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